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  • Finally got a shot at one of the bucks I posted the trail pics of week before last. I think the full moon had these deer off there normal pattern.

    September 20, 2011 at 6:17pm

    Anyone want to chance a guess at what these three will score.

    September 01, 2011 at 2:58pm

    Finally got to score Colts buck. We had the freezer go out that I keep my taxidermy items in. So I had to take the deer to a friends empty freezer to find room. Go it back today and measured it as closely as I could before taking it to the taxidermist. Gross score 172.25. Net was 158. He had a 9.5 inch abnormal point that branched off the right G2 that took its toll on the net. But who cares. I have been to Canada 7 times hunting whitetail and have not shot one this good. He,s excited, and possibly ruined for life LOL . see you all at the classic.

    November 30, 2010 at 6:10pm

    Colton Barnette 13, 155+ green score 9 point killed 11/24/10 150gr rem corelock. 280 rem mountain rifle. 80 yards

    November 25, 2010 at 2:21pm
    A comment titled: Sunday hunting in response to a report titled: Hunting on Sunday Dumb Law

    The NCWRC had a private consulting company come in a couple of years ago and did a survey on folks opinion on Sunday hunting. I think the survey indicated that most non hunters were not in favor or neutral. Even among hunters there was not the overwhelming support you would expect. Even though I can hunt 90% of most days during the season, I favor Sunday hunting. People who work 9 to 5 five days of week would benefit. Many peoples only preceptions of hunters are seeing a bunch of guys standing on the side of the road in orange stopping traffic to catch dogs. Even the Wildlife officers I talked to were not in favor. The NC bowhunters association did lobby and the law was changed to allow bowhunting on sunday. Again bowhunters are not as noticable as gun hunters. After the study and decision, I think it is a dead issue for now.

    November 13, 2011 at 11:13am
    A comment titled: Scope problems in response to a report titled: You Are Not Going To Believe This!

    Bite the bullet and buy a Sworavski, They have reasonable prices on close outs on the A 1 inch series or the 30mm PH series since the new Z or zoom scopes have replaced them. Same optics just don't have as much magnification range. Only bad thing is when you miss you only have yourself to blame. Purchased my first one twenty years ago and I still would not take the price I paid for it.

    November 13, 2011 at 10:54am
    A comment titled: Over hunting in response to a report titled: Overhunting a spot

    Hunting every Friday is def not to much. I know the previous owner of the NC State record non typical, and he hunted this buck from the first day of muzzy season until thanksgiving from the same stand everyday before a doe lead him past his stand. He knew the deer was in the area and played the odds that a hot doe would bring him in. Also during the rut bucks from other home areas will move through adjacent ranges in search of does. These bucks do not know if you have hunted the stand one or twenty days in a row.

    November 12, 2011 at 9:12pm
    A comment titled: nocturnal in response to a report titled: Help on how to hunt Mulitiple nighttime bucks

    With this many cam pics you must have a good idea of the bedding areas. If they are in cutovers set up in one of the SMZs the stream side management zones that are left in cutovers along streams after cutting. Put your stand up high, where you can see down the smz and in any small hole in the thick stuff. Put out corn and get in early in the moring before they return after chasing does allnight. They may not show until later in the morning, and you may see them all day in the cutover, they feel comfortable feeding and chasing the the cutover all day. Get out the bushaxe Sunday and whack your way into one of these smz areas as deep as possible. You will be surprised.

    November 12, 2011 at 8:58pm
    A comment titled: Bear issue in response to a report titled: Bear Hunting Proposal

    The NC bear hunters association must have alot of influence in the legislature and with the NCWRC. According to the NCWRC allowing baiting for still hunters would cause to many bears to be harvested. Because bears are vunerable to baiting. However it is OK for dog hunters to strike a track at a bait sight. Sounds like this is unfair to still hunters. I have hunted bear in Canada and can tell you that baitng will increase bear harvest. The average joe will be able to bait and kill a bear. I believe if the NCWRC believes baiting will cause to many bear to be killed, they should offer the permits on a limited draw like some western states. This will give the average joe the chance to bear hunt,dogs or no dogs. and eliminate the baiting issue.

    November 01, 2011 at 12:44pm
    A comment titled: How to hunt in response to a report titled: How to hunt him???

    If rifle or muzzie hunting I would set up down wind at a max comfortable range. This buck will prob lock up with a doe very soon and you will more than likley see him chasing rather than on the scrape. Just set up around the beans where the does are eating, and he will show up. Put your money on the does from now on, once they start to come into heat bucks don't need to visit scrapes to find a hot one.

    November 01, 2011 at 12:28pm
    A comment titled: Scrapes in response to a report titled: need more advice

    Forget the rubs, they tell you the buck was there, the scrapes tell you he and others will be back. With the rut kicking in the does coming to the corn field will bring the bucks in. regardless. Put your stand down wind as far away where you are comfortable shooting in the field. If low hunting pressure. If you or anyone else has pressured these deer during bow season, put your stand in the woods where the DOES are staging before feeding at dark. If this field is near a bedding area it could be good all day. If not it sounds like a evening set.

    November 01, 2011 at 12:11pm
    A comment titled: Deer Caliber in response to a report titled: Need Advice

    It depends on if you want a gun for all big game animails or just deer. I have seen many 300lbs plus deer killed in Alberta and Saskatchewan with 270 and 06s. A 270 is a little light for Elk or Moose. A 30-06 is more versitle with larger bullet weights available. I prefer the 7 mags and 280. If you are a gun nut and have plenty of money, buy a particlular caliber for each animal. The fun part is the research, planning, buying and talking about it to your hunting and gun nut buddys. Then start handloading and you will open up new vistas in what every caliber you decide.

    September 29, 2011 at 2:46pm
    A comment titled: Be careful in response to a report titled: Question - Deer Bedding

    As long as you are not running off the deer you want to shoot before light you may be alright. A doe was bedded in the small field when a got in the stand the morning I killed the 8 pt posted yesterday. I never saw the deer leave or heard it snort. If the deer you want to kill is bedding on your corn you may need to put a stand on a trail the deer will use when leaving your area. Mainly where you see a rubline leading away to a thicket. Or just hunt in the evening. A mature buck will not tolerate you running him off many times, before he decides he would rather eat or sleep somewhere else.

    September 21, 2011 at 12:38pm
    A comment titled: Play by Play 8 in response to a report titled: I love it, when a plan finally comes together

    First weekend bow I did not hunt the mornings for fear of running the deer off before I got in, and did not see them in the evenings. I did try the 1st Monday morning however my camera told me I ran off largest of the group going into the stand. I continued to get good pictures of 6 to 8 bucks each morning and evening until I was able to return to the stand tuesday morning. At sunrise there were 5 bucks in the small field eating corn the one I shot in the lead and closest. He was running with two larger bucks and I wanted to wait for them. Two bucks were abscured by branches, and I could not tell if they were the larger deer. However I did not matter with so many deer in a 360 degree area of me, my scent lock suit and scent killer finally gave me up. One of the deer got nervous and the big 8 turned sharply quartering away from me ready to leave. I drew and aimed for a good angle on the sharp quartering shot. The deer kicked up at the shot and all of the deer left together. I call my wife and kids to tell them I had shot one of the big bucks we had so many pics of. I was interested to see the blood trail left by the 2 blade rage, but was disappointed with the results after surveying the situation. I knew this angle would get some guts, however thought I would have good blood from the exit would in the chest. This was not the case, only light blood and gut fluid. I decided to go home and rest and let the deer bed down and hopefully die. After returning I trailed the deer down to a fence line were the blood ran out. I figured the deer would head to a nearby creek so I walked down the fence line to the creek and there he lay in the dry creek bed. The entry hole on the left side gut, exit right under the right heart area. This deer should have bleed buckets of blood but did not. Just goes to show, never give up, and always look to water as a last resort. This is my best deer with the bow. I do not think he will make P&Y but he gave me an interesting hunt.

    September 21, 2011 at 12:15pm
    A comment titled: Long way from wayne county in response to a report titled: What score

    It would be nice if this deer would go 186, however If I get a decent shot I will be glad to take him like he is. I figure I have about two weeks to get him with the bow. when the wind is right. After that, this group will split up, they will cut the corn and the acorns will start to fall. Next best chance will be when he is traveling during the rut. Funny thing is several folks told be I was crazy to rent this farm, I told them it had all the ingredients to hold big bucks. Might not kill any of these deer, but I got that part right anyway.

    September 03, 2011 at 5:34pm
    A comment titled: 10lb bass in response to a report titled: Youth buck grosses 172.25

    I was lucky enough to catch a 10 in a tourney at mayo lake a few years ago. With colts luck he may catch a 20. Quess we need to fish team tourneys

    December 03, 2010 at 3:28pm
    A comment titled: sqeezed one in in response to a report titled: monster person co. youth buck

    Managed to sqeeze one in between guiding the kids. 7mag. 168 gr berger Vld handload.

    November 29, 2010 at 12:27am
    A comment titled: colts muzzy buck in response to a report titled: monster person co. youth buck

    2 down. Time to shoot does

    November 28, 2010 at 10:01pm
    A comment titled: colts little brothers buck in response to a report titled: monster person co. youth buck

    Trayce strikes on first buck 3 days after colts big buck. 243. 40yrds with doe. By the way we let colt tag along for luck and it paid off. He is tagged out on bucks.

    November 27, 2010 at 8:38pm
    A comment titled: Big Snowbird creek in response to a report titled: Hunting/Camping in the Mountains

    Big Snowbird creek. great trout fishing, and i read an article years ago says the deer hunting back in on the old railroad tresle is good. You can go back there many miles and hunt and fish.

    November 25, 2010 at 8:09pm
    A comment titled: County Killed in response to a report titled: monster person co. youth buck

    Person Co. Maybe 160 inches, very informal green score

    November 25, 2010 at 7:28pm
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